Chad Van Schoelandt Publishes Paper in Law and Philosophy

Feb. 4, 2014

Chad Van Schoelandt's paper "Political Liberalism, Ethos Justice, and Gender Equality" (co-authored with Blain Neufeld) has been published in Law and Philosophy (Jan. 2014, Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp. 75-104).

Abstract: Susan Okin criticizes John Rawls’s ‘political liberalism’ because it does not apply principles of justice directly to gender relations within households. We explain how one can be a ‘political liberal feminist’ by distinguishing between two kinds of justice: the first we call ‘legitimacy justice’, conceptions of which apply to the ‘legally coercive structure’ of society; the second we call ‘ethos justice’, conceptions of which apply to citizens’ ‘non-coercive’ relations. We agree with Okin that a society in which most persons act in accordance with ‘gender equal’ ethos justice is morally superior to one in which most persons do not. A shared commitment to a particular conception of ethos justice, however, cannot be required by a conception of legitimacy justice. A political liberal feminist is committed to promoting gender equality with respect to both legitimacy justice and ethos justice, but recognizes that different means are necessary to do so.